Like other European countries, contemporary Finland has witnessed an explosion of healing modalities designatable as -"New Age" (though not without profound controversy, ). This paper focuses on Finnish courses in lament (wept song, tuneful weeping with words) that combine healing conceived along psychotherapeutic lines and lessons from the lament tradition of rural Karelia, a region some Finns regard as their cultural heartland. A primary goal of the paper is to explicate a concept of -"authenticity" emerging in lament courses, in which disclosing the depths of one's feelings is supported not only by invoking "psy-" discourses of self-help, but also by construing the genuine emotional self-disclosure that characterizes neolamentation as a sacred activity and a vital contribution to the welfare of the Finnish people.
- Authenticity and the "age of authenticity"
- Cultural revivalism
- Healing groups
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Religious studies